Blueberry Hill

I found my thrill…

On Blueberry Hill.

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And I made bread, blueberry banana bread, from that hill. Or terrace. Whatever.

In faith we planted blueberry bushes 3-4 years ago. Each year the berries failed to mature or the birds got to them before they could. This year we have had our first real bounty. Each day new berries have turned blue from the hundreds of berries clustered on our two little bushes. It is such a feeling of accomplishment to see the harvest come in.

I’ve been know to open my back door to scream at birds and chipmunks getting a little too cheeky. I can’t let them near my precious.

This summer will be blueberry everything if the rest of the little green hopefuls ripen.

Linking with Songography|Blueberry Hill-Fats Domino and Wednesdays Around the World.

 

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Analogue

Come on let’s take a picture

The kind you gotta shake

Spring 2015

Ok, so I didn’t shake it. But it was developed the old fashioned way.

Nothing automatic about this. No instant gratification.

I’m falling in love with all things analogue.  I don’t throw out my technology with the development bath water, but there is something about doing things old school that makes me feel more connected to what I’m doing.  No matter what I’m doing.

Learning to wait and anticipate is a beautiful thing.

Linking with Songography|Automatic|Miranda Lambert

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Cherry Blossoms

I adore cherry blossom season and sadly those brief days have already come to an end here in Georgia. It’s like a small miracle every spring! The Miracle we are waiting for.  I sure was thankful that I found this little gem on my latest roll of film!

Spring 2015

Minolta SRT 101 on Kodak Portra 400 @200

Linking with Songography and Wednesdays Around The World.

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Soak it up

It’s not having what you want

It’s wanting what you’ve got

Nikon FM 10

Fuji Superia 400 on Nikon FM 10

I’m gonna soak up the sun

Even when it’s cloudy, drizzly, and cold.

Kitty gets it.

Linking with Songography|Sheryl Crow: Soak up the Sun

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American Pie

A long, long time ago…  There is something about the 50’s that seemed so idyllic.  Growing up, I was so fascinated by what I thought the 50’s represented.  Every mother a June. Every father a Ward.  I remember longing for the milk and cookies scenario after school.  I know that the time was far from perfect, but it seemed so innocent.

But February made me shiver.  And we were singing…

Bye, Bye Miss American Pie

50's Buddy Holly

50's Buddy Holly

50's Buddy Holly

50's Buddy Holly

50's Buddy Holly

 Oo-ee-oo I look just like Buddy Holly. 

Side Note: American Pie was number one on the music charts the week I was born.  It’s such a song rife with meaning and just one of the coolest songs of all time.

Linking with Songography|American Pie, and Black and White Wednesday

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Another Brick In The Wall

I’ve seen the writing on the wall.

Wat Pho

Another Brick in The Wall|Pink Floyd

Those happy days are just memories now.  They weren’t perfect, but they were some of the best days.  25. 30. 35.

Open. Free. Connected. Loved. Full of discovery and new beginnings.  A metamorphosis, winged and hopeful.

Standing on the edge of a new forever and seeing nothing but wide open spaces. Chains gone.

Mid-flight I find my wings beating against brick walls. Some yours. Some mine.

I’m gazing through the cracks to see those small slivers of blue.  But…

Each unkindness is a bit of mortar. Each rejection adds breadth and height to the wall. Disguised intentions. Manipulations. The masons keep right on building all around me.

Just another brick in the wall.  

I’ll keep taking my sledgehammer to the wall, even if it takes me years to break free.  Bruised wings can still fly.

Linking with Songography| Another Brick In The Wall.

*Disclaimer: I’m completely fine. Just weighing life’s experiences against the lyrics of a song and that’s what Songography is all about. So yes, my truth is in here.  Good lyrics are provocative and poke our bruises, which is what makes them popular.

 

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A New Day Has Come

I waited so long for a miracle to come.

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When it was dark now there’s light
Where there was pain now’s there’s joy
Where there was weakness I found my strength
All in the eyes of a boy

Hush. Now. 

When I think back on the hard, hard pregnancy with this one I am amazed that he is even here.  I’m so thankful for the beautiful outcome of a rough season in our lives.

I’m especially thankful when I hear stories where things went an entirely different direction for those families facing similar circumstances. And my heart breaks for them.

This song has always been an emotive song for me when thinking back to those days of uncertainty and how the weight of anxiety was lifted the day he was born.

We gave him two names signifying strength.

Songography|A New Day Has Come|Celine Dion

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On the wings of my fancy

I can fly anywhere.

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Just as long as I stay in my own little corner keep my eyes on the prize.

Dreams are not a fool’s errand, even the ones that never come true.  Dreams teach us to hope, and hope is what keeps us trying.

Trying is what keeps us growing. Remember that the journey is just as important as the arriving.

Tie on some wings.

Linking with Songography|In My Own Little Corner.

 

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To be a rock

And not to roll.

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Hmmm…I dunno. Don’t they say a rolling stone gathers no moss?

I like the idea of being a rock and withstanding the forces of life such as pressure and heat, but I think we have to keep rolling letting life’s challenges polish and refine.

I don’t think I’m ready to submit to a moss covered life.  So I’m gonna roll.

Linking with Songography|Stairway to Heaven. <—Always gave me a bit of the creeps.

 

 

 

 

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Shake It Off

Each day is a new mercy. Each day a gift. Each day is an opportunity to love others well, whether it comes back to us or not. Each day is an opportunity to live within our purpose.

But sometimes facing these gifts of the morning is a challenge. I shake it off with lots of coffee and time to quiet my heart before the day truly gets under way. There are so many things that beckon my heart away from a place of peace and purpose.

Jasper in the morning

I have learned over the years that letting go of things that need letting go helps me to live more purposefully today.

Because I’ve got a purpose and you do, too.  I want it. 

We are to use our gifts to serve this world, and to bring healing to the brokenness all around us.

I’ve learned that there will be a thousand discouragements along the way, but we can’t let those be a wrench in our spokes.

We have to face them head-on and speak truth to them.

Don’t stop.

Linking with Songography|Shake it Off. Black and Wednesday. and Wednesdays Around The World.

 

 

 

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